Lecture – Week 3

Historical and contemporary visualisation – 1 and 2

All through out history data visualisation has been present and used to convey messages for different purposes as data visualisation is a way to gather a large amount of information and portray that to a substantial audience in an engaging way and in a way for them to understand the content but in the easiest way for them. Some forms of historical visualisation can date back to the 1800s with examples being Napoleon invasion of Russia in 1812, Florence nightingale Crimean war in 1858 and Otto Neurath from 1882-1945. All these types of visualisation show different ways of data or information and how they managed to get their message across to the vast majority and for them to enjoy looking at it, this also shows how far back the concept of visualisation goes. Even though there are historical visualisation there are many contemporary visualisations these days as well and they carry out the same concept but for this day and age of audience. In regards to how the information is presented, the designer has to either give enough information for the viewer to understand the concept fully or for them to understand bits and pieces of it and gather their own understanding at least. These days we can see from various works that more information and less visualisation is being presented then before and that can be linked to the viewers having the capacities for that now.

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Some examples of contemporary visualisations.

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Some examples of historical visulaisations.


Cmielewski, L. (N.D). Visualisation: Historical and contemporary visualisation Methods-Part 1 and 2 . retrieved from https://vuws.westernsydney.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_19588_1&content_id=_2334747_1&mode=reset

Linked In, Singh,G [image] (N.A). Retrieved August, 17 2016, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-creative-ways-present-your-data-gurwinder-singh

Scribble, Skau,D [image] (January, 12 2012). Retrieved  August, 17 2016 , from http://www.scribblelive.com/blog/2012/01/20/12-great-visualizations-that-made-history/

Usability Geek, Fisher,G [image] (December, 10 2013). Retrieved August, 17 2016, from http://usabilitygeek.com/display-beautiful-data-on-your-site/


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